Hi, this is Carter and this is my first time helping with the family adventure blog.
I am going to tell you about our trip to Ouanaminthe, Haiti. This town is on the border of the Dominican Rebublic. At first I was very excited. First we went to Dajabon, Dominican Republic which is at the border we were going to cross. We stayed at a hotel the night before we crossed. Dad and I went to the border crossing to check it out. A Hatian government official showed us around the crossing point. When we went back to our car it was weird.The man stood beside dad’s car door. He wouldn’t move until dad gave him some money. What a first experience!
The next morning we went to meet a missionary at another hotel called the “Massacre Hotel” named after a really bad event that happened in that area years and years ago. I was like, “okay” when I heard that name.
Then we walked to the border where Jen, the missionary helped us cross. It was confusing because there weren’t any signs to tell you where to go or who to talk to. The border was only a big blue gate on a bridge with a couple of guys with machine guns checking your stuff. If you don’t need it big and fancy, why bother.
It was a very long wait at the border. When we crossed we took a tour around town…
the marketplace where people buy what they need…
the local airport (*FYI – call ahead as they have to move the cows and goats out of the way before you land)…
and we were a little nervous (Amber, Drew and I) when we visited the “Bon Samaritan” (Good Samaritan) Sr.’s Home.
we even saw the big Police Station!
After the tour we went to my favourite places on the trip – the Boys and Girls Orphanages. The kids were very nice to us when we first came. And they also looked a little surprised when we pulled up. They don’t see “Blanco’s” alot. That is what they call white people. They aren’t being mean. They just don’t have another word to use to describe us.
Girls Orphanage has a school, a kitchen, sleeping rooms a really big garden with Plantanes, Mango’s, and other plants. They even had chickens and goats! One of the foods they eat alot are Avocado’s. Jen, the missionary took us to a 3 acre garden and showed us how to plant Avocado seeds. They will grow up and help feed the kids. That was so cool.
For American Thanksgiving dinner we had rice, beans and for the first time we tried goat meat. Amber and Drew didn’t try the goat meat but I (Carter) did. It tasted like beef and it was chewy. My favourite food was the tostones which are made from Plantanes and looked like fried smashed piece of banana. Amber says they taste like ‘heaven’.
We had alot of fun with the boys and girls at both Orphanages. There are about 54 girls at the one ophanage, and 23 boys at the new boys orphanage that started in August. Amber and mom made crafts with the girls. Drew, dad and I went to the boys orphanage and played soccer with the new balls we gave them. Everybody loves soccer there.
One game I tried to teach them was “taps”. That is when you pass the ball back and forth but you have to jump everytime you catch the ball and throw it back before you land. It was funny trying to teach them without knowing how to speak Creole. But we had alot of fun playing it.
Wonder (yep, that is his name) was so fun. He smiled all the time and wanted to help with everything. Donise was only 18 months old. His mom left him at the river and some nuns found him. He is soooo cute!
Leaving the orphans was really hard to do. Even though I couldn’t communicate verbally they were awesome friends. We got to play games and hang out with them. I hope we get to visit them again…and again….and again…x 57
God showed me and taught me (us) alot of things on our trip. I found out that even the poorest of people could be happy. They might not have much but they are thankful for the things they do have. I’m happy we had this trip on thanksgiving. Now I am thankful for everything I have. And the orphans are probably some of the nicest kids I have ever met.
Between now and Christmas to be ask thankful as you can. Think of the orphans in Haiti and any other country because they don’t have much but they are still happy for what they have.
Well, that’s all from me. We’ll see you next time on the Houck Family Adventure blog.